Warning: This is a little long:
My new Ruby came with a women's specific saddle (Specialized Body Geometry Toupe). Women's specific saddles have always been too wide for my narrow sit bones, and this one was no exception. So I switched it out for my old Selle San Marco Aramis Gel-around, which fits like a dream. Honest to goodness, it feels like I'm supported by a cloud.
But it is black. And the saddle/bar tape color scheme of my new Ruby is white, and I really like that. Yes, I am that shallow.
So I took the original Specialized saddle back to the LBS and asked them to exchange it for a men's specific version. It only had 50 miles on it (I rode it a bit before deciding I was going to be crippled if I kept it), but it was otherwise pristine, so they agreed. The new one should come in in another week or so.
Meantime, I looked around for a white version of my dream saddle, but alas, it is discontinued. I found a Selle Italia SLR on ebay, NIB, that looked sort of like it and bought it. It came in last night, so I put it on the bike and tried it out this morning. It is not a dream saddle (but it looks really pretty). It fits a little better than the original Specialized, but it is still pressing pretty hard on one of my sit bones. The Specialized actually pressed on a nerve there, but today's ride felt more like plain old soreness than nerve pain.
Here is/are my question(s): is there a "break-in" period for these kinds of saddles? Am I not remembering that I also had to break-in my beloved Selle San Marco? Is there a chance that the Selle Italia will "loosen up" a little in the spot that is giving me some trouble?
And yes, failing all else, I will put the Selle San Marco back on the bike and switched out the white bar tape for the black. But I'd like to try to keep the white color scheme if possible.